“Po at Opo” at Risk

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

Mar­i­anne C. Gon­za­les

Aside from hos­pi­tal­ity, Filipinos are well-known all over the world be­cause of its “po” and “opo” that di­rectly per­tain to po­lite­ness. These Filipino po­lite ex­pres­sions pro­mote re­spect to elders. But sad to say, many of the chil­dren nowa­days seemed to for­get this value.

When I was young, I am won­der­ing why my teacher said that all of us must bring our salt all the time (lag­ing­dal­hin ang asin). Out of cu­rios­ity, I asked my mother what it means. She ex­plained to me that po­lite ex­pres­sions, ”po and opo” must be prac­tice­dat all times es­pe­cially when hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with the elders.

It is a sad fact that many of the pupils in our school al­ready for­got the value of po­lite­ness. This could be re­flected on the words we ut­tered to the teach­ers and other per­son­nel in the school. “Po” and “Opo” were of­ten dis­re­garded even in the sim­ple act of buy­ing foods in the can­teen, talk­ing with the guard, or even con­vers­ing to the elders in­side the school. One of the great trea­sures and val­ues of the Filipinos is grad­u­ally vanishing in our hearts.

Maybe, this is the high time to revive this value. We must prac­tice po­lite­ness at all times. In our ev­ery­day liv­ing, po­lite­ness must be in­jected es­pe­cially to young peo­ple so that it will be a part of their sys­tem. We need to con­tinue this prac­tice for it was one of the great trea­sures that our an­ces­tors passed through gen­er­a­tions. Al­ways re­mem­ber that be­ing po­lite make us wor­thy and be­ing wor­thy will start with the po­lite ex­pres­sions “po” and “opo”.

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The author is Teacher III at Gre­go­rio Ela Bautista ES (For­merly Ta­puac ES) Brgy.Ta­puac, Masin­loc, Zam­bales

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